See two of North America’s most endangered birds – Kirtland’s warblers and whooping cranes – with biologists involved in restoring them to Wisconsin’s landscape. Following Friday evening talks on these species recovery projects, spend Saturday morning viewing Kirtland’s warblers where they were first discovered nesting in the state in 2007. Venture a half hour southwest for an afternoon of tracking and viewing whooping cranes at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, the core nesting area for the Eastern Migratory Population. Also search for trumpeter swans, red-headed woodpeckers, and other rare wetland and savanna birds at the refuge. Then it’s back to Wisconsin Rapids for a special evening presentation on Project Passenger Pigeon: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future, by renowned ornithologist Dr. Stan Temple.
Leaders include Kim Grveles from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Jeb Barzen and Anne Lacy from the International Crane Foundation. This trip is offered by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.
Cost: $300/person includes a $200 tax-deductible donation, transportation during the field trip, & Saturday lunch and snacks. Lodging discount available. Find details at www.wisconservation.org.